Re­tail tips wel­comed

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

More than 40 North­ern Grampians busi­nesses have taken an op­por­tu­nity to work along­side one of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing re­tail con­sul­tants to fu­ture-proof their busi­ness amid a rapidly chang­ing re­tail land­scape.

As part of the coun­cil’s Re­vi­talise! Pro­ject, busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives from both Stawell and St Ar­naud spent time work­ing along­side The Re­tail Doc­tor Group chief executive Brian Walker.

One of Aus­tralia’s most sought-af­ter re­tail con­sul­tants, Walker has worked along­side some of the na­tion’s most recog­nised brands, as well as sev­eral lo­cal gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The ses­sions, also at­tended by the coun­cil’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment staff, were de­signed to help re­tail op­er­a­tors stay up to speed with shifts across the sec­tor.

“As we keep say­ing – our aim is to as­sist our busi­nesses to re­main vi­able in to­day’s mar­ket and en­sure they are stay­ing ahead of the curve when it comes to re­tail in re­gional ar­eas, such as ours,” Cr Driscoll said.

“The re­sponse from our re­tail com­mu­nity has been out­stand­ing. It’s re­ally pos­i­tive to see so many of our busi­ness op­er­a­tors in­vested not only in the fu­ture of their own busi­nesses, but our re­gion as a whole.”

Along­side the three face-to-face ses­sions, Mr Walker will also com­plete a full re­tail anal­y­sis of both Stawell and St Ar­naud, which coun­cil lead­ers will use to help iden­tify gaps in the cur­rent re­tail mar­ket, along with how best to trans­late pro­jected growth within the tourism sec­tor into in­creased re­tail ac­tiv­ity.

Peo­ple can call the coun­cil’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment unit on 5358 8700 for more in­for­ma­tion.

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